“The irony is that line drawing is in fact less like the objects drawn than any other method of drawings. There are planes, shadows, colours in the things we observe, but no lines. There are no lines in nature, in the human body, in fabricated objects. The lines in drawing are an invention. Line drawing is the most complete artifice in art.” Michael Craig-Martin
Michael Craig-Martin Born in Dublin in 1941, Michael Craig-Martin grew up and was educated in the United States, studying Fine Art at the Yale School of Art and Architecture. He has lived and worked in Britain since 1966.
Conceptual artist Michael Craig-Martin is best known for his representation of everyday objects with boldly outlined motifs and luridly vivid colour schemes in unexpected combinations in both paintings and sculptures. His early work drew together a variety of objects and materials and questioned the nature of art and representation. As Professor of Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, he has exerted a powerful influence on generations of young British artists, including Damien Hirst and Julian Opie.
His first solo exhibition was at the Rowan Gallery, London, in 1969. He participated in the definitive exhibition of British conceptual art, The New Art at the Hayward Gallery in 1972. His best known works include An oak tree of 1973, in which he claimed to have changed a glass of water into an oak tree. Craig-Martin had numerous exhibitions and installations in galleries and museums across the world, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and MoMA, New York, the Kunstvereins in Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, and Hannover, at IVAM in Valencia, and Kunsthaus Bregenz.